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Comment 63 of 953, added on October 27th, 2005 at 12:00 PM.

I must disagree that the "dong and ding" imply stupidity. Everytime I read
this poem I am getting a more defined image of what cummings is protraying
for the reader. There's a cycle in the poem, a never-ending circle, if you
will. The arrangement of the seasons and the "sun moon stars rain" follows
a distinct circle and I believe "dong and ding" aide this technique,
implying a clock, a set cycle.

"Anyone" and "noone" represent people that don't exist, while "Women and
men" represent everyone trapped on a cycle that repeats itself, thus they
"went their came" and "reaped their sowing." Their lives are repetious.

Karalyn from United States
Comment 62 of 953, added on October 13th, 2005 at 2:02 PM.

wow. i read this at first for a homework assignment and THANK YOU TO MY
TEACHER for giving us that homework! i think this poem is magical, and
every time i read it i feel very special. e. e. cummings you rock for
writing this!! it makes me think (thinking is good) about lots of things
and i hope i never ever forget about this poem!!!

Karissa from Australia
Comment 61 of 953, added on September 25th, 2005 at 2:00 PM.

I really enjoyed this poem, I find it fasinating and meaningful. I was
blown away at how cummings was able to fit all of that in a simple poem. I
must say i agree with cummings, i think people should live how they want
and be who they want, not lisen to the rest of the world. But be an
individual. Now tell me if i am way off in this meaning. I have only read
this poem a few times. I first read this poem at a mensa convention because
all my friends were saying it was borring (i was 12 years old at the time)
now i am 13.

Jacquelyn from United States
Comment 60 of 953, added on September 24th, 2005 at 4:16 PM.

I love this poem, it's amazing, I can't get over it. I can't stop reading
it. Easily my best assignment ever. In my humble opinion this poem is not
solely about true love but about the will to live life differently and to
have the courage to go against the grain (up so floating many bells down)
and how it is those who are willing to be different and risk admiration
that keep the world progressing (notice the seasons rotation halts in the
final stanza after anyone is pronounced dead with noone buried at his
side). I will not, however, argue against there fact that there is a story
of love in the poem that seems to parrellel the aforementioned theme, and
also seems to have some very vague comment to make on gender rolls. (I
mean very very vague: notice that "noone" is female, and the statement,
usually spoken as "men and women" is switched, and the only capitilized
word in the poem is the word "Women")

Shelley Sargent from United States
Comment 59 of 953, added on September 21st, 2005 at 2:32 PM.

I really didn't like or read poetry,.but today on a test we did it said to
read this poem and answer some questions. Right when i read it i fell in
love with it i read it three times over again then looked it up online.
Iabsolutly love this poem!And i really want to read more poems by e.e

Mercedes from United States
Comment 58 of 953, added on September 21st, 2005 at 12:52 PM.

Sorry Danielle, but Nicolette's comment is certainly NOT stupid. And don't
you think it ironic that you make the comment about spelling in relation to
a discussion about E.E. Cummings?
If there is one thing about Cummings poetry that I have felt over the
years, it is that he may have been angry about the way people treated each
other and the torment they cause each other in the name of "patriotism" and
"religion", (that may have come with having been an ambulance driver and
prisoner of war in WWI) but he was not unkind. Danielle, there is no room
in a discussion about art for belittling comments. You owe Nicollette an

Barb from United States
Comment 57 of 953, added on September 20th, 2005 at 5:47 PM.

I think that Nicolette's comment is stupid. How can you understand and
appreciate a great poets work, if you can't even spell right! And no, e.e.
cummings poem isn't mainly a love story. It is explaining to people how
they should live thier lives. e.e. cummings believes that you should live
your life in what ever way makes you happy, and never conform.

Danielle from United States
Comment 56 of 953, added on September 20th, 2005 at 1:34 AM.

Im in 10th grade and my la teacher shared this poem with us. At first no
one got it but soon it was easy to see this poem was a true love poem about
anyone and noone. I jsut wanted to let the other people on this site know
taht their comments helped em understand the poem and thank you because it
such a graet one

Comment 55 of 953, added on September 18th, 2005 at 6:49 AM.

Like nearly everyone here I love this poem. Thanks to other peoples
comments on this site i have understood it more. I agree that he scarily
captures life in this poem. the hopes , dreams , the everlasting quest to
find true love. and how the world doesn't stop for anyone, there isnt a
'movie moment' in anyone's life, where time stands still. Its quite
depressing to be honest, as it is a perfect example of how live is simply
too short and unfair, for those who don't find TRUE LOVE, which is the

Tara from United Kingdom
Comment 54 of 953, added on September 11th, 2005 at 11:14 AM.

This is my absolute favorite e.e. cummings poem. It tells about life and
how you can choose to live it well (she laughed his joy, she cried his
grief) or you can choose to live it badly (they reaped there sowing and
went there came.) And then he insterts some magically stanzas in between,
to give it something more than just ordinary life; love. (with up so
floating many bells down) Also, he takes you through many seasons, as well
as many years of love and toil. (sun moon stars and rain) The line that
really stands out to me though is down they forgot as up they grew, because
it states that as you grow up, you lose they knowledge of inocence and the
knowledge of no knowledge or being safe in being naiive. Overall, this
poem is just wonderful for being explanitory as well as mysterious. If you
don't understand this poem, you might be trying to hard. You have to let
the poem wash over you and just take it as it is. There isn't really a big
hidden meaning. If you still don't get it, this might help: anyone is a
man, whom noone, a woman, loves. stars sun moon and rain signifes the
turning of seasons and dongs and dings are stupid people who don't look
beyond there imediate lives. They don't look for love or anything beyond
there ordianary exsistance. Hope that helps. Enjoy.

Katherine from United States

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